Danielle Johnston of Saskatchewan, Canada had a fighting year. The mother of four was already expecting triplets when the unimaginable happened. Her husband Trevor was still at work when she went into labor.
The Johnston’s lived in a remote country farmhouse, and their 15-year-old had to call the ambulance. The ambulance took 45 minutes to arrive. By that time Danielle delivered her first of the triplets, daughter Karlee.
But the little girl was not breathing so Danielle, had to perform CPR to resuscitate her. Danielle shares on the harrowing moment, “I just kept doing CPR on the baby and … meanwhile, I have two more inside me and I’m fighting contractions. I don’t think you have any choice. You just do it.”
“It was kind of scary at first,” Danielle Johnston recalls of the delivery. Her remaining two babies, boys Jack and Liam, were delivered via c-section once they arrived at the hospital. “They were all on oxygen and IVs. It was almost overwhelming. But the nurse said it’s day by day, and they’ll come off of all this. And she was absolutely right.”
Shortly after the healthy delivery of the babies. Danielle and Trevor’s home burned down while at the hospital. It was an unexpected tragedy. Danielle’s local community rallied around them to raise over $70,000 for the new family of 9. The family now has a new home thanks to the generosity of strangers.
Baby gear, clothes, home goods and school supplies were donated. “I don’t even have words for it. It’s just so humbling,” said Johnston. “So much kindness and generosity. It’s going to make it so that everything’s going to be OK. In a matter of a couple of days, I had pretty much everything I needed and it was all from what people had given me because I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” Danielle Johnston exclaimed, What an incredible act of generosity, and example of the love of Jesus from a community.